How to report on religion
How do you identify in terms of religion? Hindu? Muslim? Christian? If you are Muslim, are you Sunni or Shia? If you are a Christian, are you Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Evangelical or Baptist? Religious identity is increasingly complex, over-simplified and difficult to define, even in religious sub-groups.
Religious reporters face a challenge every day in their work. According to such journalists, religion plays a role in almost every story because faith shapes the values, actions and dreams of people. This was the resounding message of "Reporting on Religion: Media, Belief, and Public Life," a recent journalism conference held at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
The conference featured an array of speakers from research groups, such as Besheer Mohamed from Pew Research Center, to former religion reporters, such asJaweed Kaleem of the Los Angeles Times, to a national news correspondent who has struggled with his own faith in David Gregory.
If you followed me on Twitter that day, I live-tweeted the event using #reportreligion. If you did not see those tweets, here is what you missed. Click here to see the full Twitter stream.
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